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    ‘That Pisses Me Off’: Congressman to Lead Panel on Struggles for Troops Focusing on Pay, Food Insecurity

    ‘That Pisses Me Off’: Congressman to Lead Panel on Struggles for Troops Focusing on Pay, Food Insecurity

    With the House personnel subcommittee targeting “other issues” like politicization in the , the House Armed Services Committee has set up a panel that will exclusively focus on the issues that directly impact service members' quality of life.

    Boosting pay for junior enlisted service members and improving military housing conditions will be among the priorities of the new subpanel, its leader told Military.com in an interview Monday.

    Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., also envisions his new quality-of-life panel probing gaps in military health care coverage, long waitlists for military day care centers, and the difficulties military spouses face in finding employment.

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    Bacon expects the first hearings of the quality-of-life panel will focus on pay issues. While service members get an annual raise — including a 4.6% increase this year that was the largest pay bump in 20 years — the lawmaker said the across-the-board raises have exacerbated a pay gap between junior and senior personnel.

    Exactly how to fix that will depend on what the panel finds in its hearings, but Bacon suggested the possibility of reforming pay scales or adjusting stipends such as the Basic Allowance for Subsistence.

    “We want a concrete on pay. For me, that would be a tremendous success. If I can ensure that our junior enlisted are not on SNAP or food stamps,…

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